Also, check out the other parts
- (Thai) BL recommenations Part I
- (Asian) BL recommendation Part III
- (Asian) BL recommendations Part IV
- “Chemistry” in (Asian/Thai) BL shows
- BL recommendations 2018
- NEW: BL recommendations 2019!
I really like BL series and I realised many other people like it too. Recently (since I’m working on this post since like forever, I guess, it was some time ago) one of my favourite websites with a list of BL movies and shows closed down for whatever reasons and now I’m pretty much devastated. So, I decided I’m gonna do something about it and name some other BL series recommendations (to at least help my fellow watchers)
I will also write some pointers on why I liked/disliked it and why you should/n’t watch it.
Side note: I already published a post with Thai BL recommendations (like a part I), so I won’t mention those recommendations again.
Side note 2: This time I will probably include some series/movies from other countries than Thailand too. Maybe. Let’s see.
Side note 3: While I sometimes say ‘this and this thing came from a movie’ or things like that, some things may have a comic or a novel as an original basis. Since I don’t know Thai, Japanese, Chinese or any other Asian language except for some Korean, I may not know about the original basis for some things, since I probably haven’t read the novel or comic. So please excuse if I make any mistakes like that.
Side note 4: I DO NOT RECOMMEND STUFF WITH SAD/DEADLY/BAD ENDINGS. They may be bad as in cliffhangers or strange but no real bad ones. I hate bad endings.
Movie and Series
Last time I recommended My Bromance which came from a movie and was turned into a series (which you can watch without seeing the movie). This time I will recommend something similar. This one also came from a movie but I’m talking about both here.
Waterboyy. The Series. originates from a movie which comes from…I actually don’t know whether it was an original idea or if it comes from a novel or something like that. Well, the story in the movie and the series differ quite a bit.
THE MOVIE. So, the movie is fast-paced and has some scenes that seem off or strange but by halftime the whole movie will make sense and have you enchanted. In general the movie is really sweet and a joy to watch. It’s about Nam, a playboy who likes to party, do perverted stuff and is a great swimmer on the school team. One day another boy transfers in, named Meuk and they have to share a dorm room. Soon feelings begin to spark between the two boys.
Like I said the movie starts of slowly and it seems like the producers don’t even know where they want to go with this at the beginning but it picks up the pace quite soon and you’ll see some development. What I liked especially was the fact that you could see Meuk and Nam falling for each other equally and while they may not show it the same way, by the end you realise they are head over heels for each other, even if the ending is different than you may expect. Also I appreciated the closeness between them during the movie and other people noticing it too (and taking it positively).
THE SERIES. Like with every Thai series, there is more than one storyline, so that’s something that is different from the movie. It’s not only about the two boys anymore but there are sooo many more storylines going on. If you say ‘I only like BL stuff to be about BL stuff’ then you’re gonna end up skipping a lot of scenes. Also a lot of people seem to think there is no chemistry between the BL couple although I don’t really share that sentiment. I admit that the chemistry is off in the first few episodes but it really picks up over time and by the end I thought there was no better pair than those two (even if you wanna slap one of them for how he behaves sometimes). Also the actor playing Apo (in the role taking the role of Meuk – they are all named differently in the series) is soooo cute and an amazing actor.
Also I think that the actor of Min (who was part of one of the straight couples in the show) did an amazing acting job too. I watched his storyline just for him.
The series took me some time to get over the first few episodes but then I just decided to go for it and I totally fell in love with it and watched it in one night and a day. I definitely recommend this for a nice Bl drama with quite some passion (physically and emotionally). I loved it.
Side note: you’ll see a lot of actors from other shows in the Waterboyy movie and series. Like Earn from Love Sick or M from Sotus or Phun from Love Sick (although he plays a straight guy this time).
Side note 2: SPOILER…this show is one of the few Thai BL shows which does feature some reaaal kissing and not just some pecks. I loved the stairs kiss!!
The following recommendation is not mainly about a BL couple. There is a BL couple there but it’s not the main couple. Still I like them a lot. Also because the ending for them was just oh so satisfying.
Side note: I loved this ending sooo much. Probably one of my favourite endings for a BL couple.
Senior Love: Puppy Honey
Puppy Honey has two season, just so you know. It’s about two friends in college, Porsche and Pick, and they are studying to be animal doctors (I think…I forgot a lot of the details of season 1 sorry). Their club, though, is on the verge of being disbanded if they cannot get any new members. So one day they meet Emma, who likes cats but despises and is scared of dogs, and Rome, her shy and gay best friend who is easily intimidated. And Porsche and Pick plan to make them join the club even if it means stalking them in a dog costume (that was so cute and creepy at the same time) or forcing their hand to fill the member application form (literally).
What I think is amazing in season 1 is actually the fact that I not only liked Pick and Rome as a couple but also Porsche and Emma even though I only started watching for the BL. But Porsche and Emma are just too cute. So in Puppy Honey you actually get a lot of natural and slow development of couples. They don’t really fall for each other in just a few seconds of seeing each other but start caring for the other person and trying to make the other one happy. Pick and Rome …hm…let’s just say I think this is probably a very realistic portrayal of a one-sided crush although I love that Pick isn’t exactly angry about it but more like empathic towards Rome even if Pick can be a total douche sometimes.
I recommend watching Puppy Honey if you have no problem with other non-BL couples as well as a slow pace. For Pick and Rome…I would watch the whole two seasons again just to enjoy the ending XD
ALSO, this just has to be one of the best shows regarding friendships. Pick and Porsche are just so great and funny together. Always making me laugh.
Side note: SPOILER!!!! ……..I just love how Rome tells Pick he can show his cool outside to everyone else but doesn’t have to use it with him, since he knows Pick’s cool already. Also when Pick just decides to give in and tells Rome straight up that he’s in love with him and even says it at the date later.
Club Friday S08: True Love or just confused?
I’m not a hundred percent sure I got the right number for the season but the rest should be correct for the name. I don’t really get myself why I’m recommending this. Maybe because I liked it more than I should have. The ending is not exactly happy but also not really bad…It’s more like you yourself can decide how to interpret it and decide whether it is a good one or a bad one.
TLOJC is about two guys in…I think it was in school or college…, Todd and Meng, who became best friends. They do pretty much everything together until one day they have a fight. They lose contact and later meet again when working at the same firm. It’s about Meng calling to the radio programme Club Friday (someone at least told me that there was a real call like that and that is were the story came from…or I’m confusing it with another series) after the whole storyline of the four episodes went down and asking for advice. So everything is told in retrospect.
I liked it a lot more than I should have regarding the ending. But the chemistry is just sooo good. Also compared to other shows the guys don’t fall into the more typical characters of one giving in and the other taking charge. If you decide to watch it just be prepared for A LOT of drama. A whole lot.
Side note: Many may wonder why I’m recommending this, since it’s definitely not fluffy or too happy at all. Slight SPOILER!!! Because the feelings in there are just so deep. They both try to stay away from each other, they try everything they can but in the end, they just can’t…and they need a lot of time to realise how deep their own feelings are…the story may be “whywhywhy” but the feelings are just short of “as epic as it gets for BL love”.
Addicted or Addicted Heroin or whatever is the official name now is probably one of the biggest BL shows out there. It’s a Chinese series and there was supposed to be a second season but then China, being China, decided to ban LGBT stuff from TV and online and the second season got cancelled. Still I love the series.
It’s about Bao, who lives with his father and one day meets rich Gu Hai, who is angry with his father who married another woman and decides to attend a normal high school as revenge, and Gu Hai is immediately enthralled by his classmate. Soon they start spending most of their time together but there are still sooo many obstacles waiting for them.
As far as I know this series comes from a novel. It has a steady storyline and good acting and every flaw is balanced out by the great chemistry between the main characters. They match so well and even though there is a lot of tsundere going on they are just lovely together. No really, the one fact that makes up for like 90% of its flaws is the great chemistry between the two lead actors.
Side note: if you don’t know what tsundere means…please Google it. I’m just too lazy to explain it here.
Mother and male daughter-in-law / My monster in-law
EDIT: Since I’m not much for proof-reading it took me like 2 weeks to even realise that I put a vietnamese show, I think, in a Thai BL recommendations post…well, sorry. Now you know, I know that this one is not Thai.
Like with the other post I will try to recommend something that is not the most known or common thing. MMDIL has multiple translations of its name but search it with this one and you should find the right one (it’s even on youtube with eng subs). This one is from Vietnam, I think. If I remember right, it has around 30 episodes.
MMDIL is about a mother whose son Cuong one day comes back from abroad, married. To a man, Jackie. Afraid her son will leave she decides to ‘accept’ Jackie and teach him all about being a daughter in law…and maybe get rid of him at the same time.
Let me just say, this show takes some getting used to. At least for me. Because Jackie is supposed to be from the US I think and so he uses a lot of English in the beginning. But don’t worry he’ll change to mostly Vietnamese a few eps in.
This series features really funny and good acting (especially later on), a fascinating main character (don’t ask me why but I just cannot stop watching Jackie), a believable married couple and character development. I was very surprised when I saw how open the main couple was with kisses and couply moments. I appreciated it a lot since they ARE married and it seemed real and not just like an act. Also the interactions are just really nice. It’s funny. And compliments to the mother, she was great and while she wasn’t always nice you could kinda understand her sentiment and feelings.
Together with Me
Okay maybe I should recommend “Bad Romance” before that… Together with Me is the prequel/sequel series of Bad Romance.
Bad Romance told us the story of the couple Knock and Korn and their best friend Yihwa. It was a story about jealousy, love and commitment and gave us a cringenly happy ending.
Together with Me is currently airing and gives us what we all wanted…to know how Korn and Knock originally came together. Together with Me is that story.
While I think Bad Romance was nice and okay, I’m totally in love with Together with Me. It’s nice to see the BL story of two long-time friends falling in love and getting together and knowing that it won’t end in tragedy. It’s still airing but I would still recommend watching it …(it’s also on youtube subbed by LazySubber and believe me…the show is totally different since this subber actually gives some commentary and it’s just amazing).
I’m really curious how the story progresses.
Side note: There’s also another interesting BL couple in the series.
So for now, these are my recommendations. I’m mostly just too lazy too write more…if you like the recommendations or want a general list of what you could watch or have any recommendations yourself, feel free to recommend in the comments below.